|Sometimes I wonder why people post questions in these forums if they're not going to believe the answers they're given, especially when multiple responses ALL suggest the same solution. It took over a week, but I'm glad you finally listened.|
"i reapplied thermal paste, and then replaced the fan, and instantly the temp. went down 20 C, so far no shutdowns"
So what is the temperature now? You said it was 80C before, if it's down to 60C, it's still too hot. Did you completely remove all the old thermal material from the top of the CPU & bottom of the heatsink? And then clean them both with alcohol or acetone? AMD CPUs use the "middle dot" method of thermal paste installation. It should NOT be spread. It spreads out on its own when the heatsink is locked in place.
This is all that was needed: http://media.bestofmicro.com/therma...